My Kids Were Here

My Kids Were Here- June 2014

 “I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things in life which are the real ones after all.” ~Laura Ingalls Wilder


Oh Sweet Girl, you are so full of imagination and wonder these days. You were so excited to see a tiny mouse skittering through the backyard. Eek! When I came outside later, I noticed that you made a sign and left a dish of water out for the mouse.


Middle Man, you love playing sports right now, especially baseball. The other afternoon, we went to the baseball field so you could hit some balls. You carefully laid out all  your gear and of course, your signature granola bar.

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Little Man, you are doing so well with potty training. (No more diapers soon. Mama is happy-sad about that!)

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My Kids Were Here – May 2014

“To see the high check marks on the report card before I see the low ones …

To see her beautiful swimming form before I notice what place she comes in … 

To see she’s dressed herself before I notice the cowboy boots and tank top combination …

To see she’s made her own breakfast before I notice cereal scattered across the counter …

To see the clever artwork she’s created before I notice the mess …

To see the way she beams when she plays her guitar before I notice the out-of-tune notes … 

To see the effort and the attempt before I see the mistakes and the shortcomings …

To see the beauty and goodness before I see the flaws and imperfections.

This is how I want to live. To notice the good—always the good—

before anything else… and above all else.”

© Rachel Macy Stafford 2012


Sweet M, what a joy it was listening to you giggle away while you were drawing this picture of Yoda and Luke Sky Walker dancing. Your brothers wanted you to come outside so your paper and pencil crayons were left on the table as you ran out the door to join them.


Middle Man, you are loving our new bath tub so you are having 2 baths a day with your goggles on. Lots of baths are a good thing because you are so dirty from playing outside.


Little Man, it did not take you very long to figure out your “run” bike. Soon you were off like the wind after your sister and brother, your little legs running as fast as they could go.


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My Kids Were Here- April 2014

The theme for April’s Kids Were Here blog circle was Hidden. This month we packed our bags and jumped on a plane to Maui where we spent 12 nights in paradise.  As I looked around our “Maui House” (as our kids called it) on our last day, I found hidden evidence that my kids were here too. The Hawaiian word for hidden is “Nalonalo.”


O, you developed a love for sea turtles on this trip. You even got to see a huge sea turtle swimming in the shallow waters at the beach.


M, you were so sweet to try and fix your brother’s little plastic monkey with your rainbow loom bands. Somehow the little monkey ended up hanging here.


L, you love building “lego” like your big brother so you packed some in your suitcase to bring to Maui.

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My Kids Were Here- March 2014

Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything. -Aaron Siskind


All 3 of you made Leprechaun traps in hopes that you might catch ‘Lucky the Leprechaun’ this year.  The traps were empty but ‘Lucky’ did leave some chocolate gold coins which you tucked into.


“Everything is awesome.”


Middle Man, you wanted to be a spy with your backpack after watching a Spy Kids movie. We even went to a new playground which is now named “Spy Kids Park.”


Littlest Man, you take after your Daddy and love going to golf with him. I didn’t think that they made real golf clubs that small but they do.


Sweet girl, I love that you rediscovered your love for Lalaloopsy dolls. (And I love you with all of my heart!)

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My Kids Were Here – January 2014

“These still life images serve as a daily reminder that my days are awash in chaos, whimsy, laughter and laundry (sometimes all at once). They capture toys and spills and puddles and piles. Sentimental, solitary moments of childhood ephemera. A gentle prodding to live in the now and stop looking toward the “then.” And though sometimes I pray for clean and quiet and still, I know all too well it will come. And I will yearn for tiny shrieks of laughter in my bedroom. For toys and loveys strewn about. For signs of a daily life well lived. For traces of my babies who once were. For reminders that Kids Were Here–and they were life and light and love.” – Stephanie Beaty

I am not one with a lot of words but this project has truly captured my heart this past year. I have followed several amazing photographers who are participating in Kids Were Here blog circles. I wished that I could participate in a blog circle too. I worry that my pictures are not good enough and that my editing skills are pretty much non-existent. But the thing is, life is short,  so precious and unpredictable. This is the year that I will capture some of the daily reminders that my kids were here too. Here I am, jumping in…


Sometimes there is more Lego on our floors than in the bins.


Sweet boy, I love that you brought your lunchbox to the beach this past weekend. You filled it with snacks for you, your brother and your sister. Then you told me that you are going to take this lunchbox to Kindergarten… It’s all happening too fast.


Little Man, you love “bars” just like your big brother.

Well,  that’s my first official blog post!  I am excited to document our lives with our 3 children who fill our hearts and make this life so beautiful.

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